24 August 2013

Most people watching Disney and dreaming about living in a castle will love this. A real chance to posses a castle. A real castle.

This is such a scarce opportunity to become the owner of one of Germany's breath-taking yet historical properties. Located 30 km south of Bonn, "Burg Rheineck" (yes, this castle has a name. Of course it does) is proudly standing atop of a hill overlooking Bad Breisig, known for its thermal springs and beautiful scenery along the Rhine river.

A lot of prominents have visited the castle; German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm, John F. Kennedy Jr., Mikhail Gorbachev, Yehudi Menuhin, and Alexander von Humboldt are among of them.

The property is as old as a castle could be. The watch tower dates back to 1044 A.D. The main building was rebuilt around 1835 by the prussian politician August von Bethmann-Hollweg, who hired one of the best architects of the time, Johann Claudius von Lassaulx. The frescoes and many of the stained glass windows were created by Edward von Steinle, who became famous for the chorus of the Cologne Cathedral.

Fully refurbished over the course of the last 30 years and equipped with all modern amenities, the castle can be either used as a perfectly serene, private retreat or as a company headquarters or even both. The Octagon is an unparalleled conference room on the top floor of the main building, with seating for about 50 and state-of-the-art technical equipment. There are plenty of bedrooms for guests, each with its own bathroom, and a unique master suite with two studies, a wonderful bedroom with a spectacular view on the river below and a luxurious bathroom.

The inner courtyard and the nicely kept gardens are the perfect surrounding for dinners, receptions and large parties. The almost 32 acres of grounds, comprising the entire hill, guarantee full privacy while the two outer walls offer a level of security which has even withstood sieges and battles.

Among the many features this property offers are a private pub in the vaulted cellars, a state-of-the-art home cinema, a caretaker house at the bottom of the hill, a tennis court and a helicopter landing pad.

Put on your seatbelt for the price, because the tag says a whooping number of  twenty two million, four hundred seventy one thousand, nine hundred and ten dollars. Yep, this 8-digits value of this castle is astronomically high, but hey, to make a dream come true is sometimes a little bit pricey. Even if I won the Euro Jackpot next weekend, I'd still need 8 more million to pay the bill.

One step closer to fairy tale come true, is it not? All you need to do now is to find the Prince Charming.

Signorfandi, oh and a lot of maids...